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July
17th

New website means new home for breaking crime stories, no more Lights and Sirens

Our breaking crime news will have a different home when The News Tribune’s new website launches Thursday morning.

Instead of posting to this blog, we’ll put our developing stories in the crime section of the new site, which will be live after the launch at www.thenewstribune.com/crime-news.

As always, our most important crime stories will also be featured on the homepage itself, and on the social media accounts of the paper and its breaking news reporters.

Executive Editor Karen Peterson explained the new site, including the decision to remove most of The News Tribune’s blogs, in her Sunday column.

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July
17th

Puyallup man, 18, held on suspicion of murder; deputies searching for body of Justin Morris

An 18-year-old Puyallup man is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are searching for the body of his victim.

Prosecutors contend Michael Jason Scharpf Breer killed Justin Morris on or about July 10, then disposed of his body at an unknown location. Wednesday, Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Breer held for 72 hours, with arraignment to follow Friday.

Though information is still sketchy, Facebook pages of Breer and Morris state that they attended Rogers High School on South Hill. Family members began posting messages about Morris’s disappearance on Monday, asking

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July
17th

Fifth man to be arraigned today for 1988 Tacoma gang shooting

A 42-year-old man will be arraigned this afternoon in connection with a Tacoma gang shooting, believed to be the city’s first, from a quarter-century ago.

Terris Miller is serving time in the federal system for an unrelated crime. He will be the fifth man arraigned for the Aug. 28, 1988, fatal shooting of Bernard Houston.

Nathaniel Miles, Brian Allen, Anthony Ralls and Darrell Lee, all in their 40s, have already pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Houston was 17 when he was gunned down in a Hilltop neighborhood. Police said it was a retaliation shooting. The defendants allegedly belonged to

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July
16th

Crews put out brush fire behind Mt. Tahoma High School

Firefighters just finished putting out a roughly 200-by-200 foot brush fire at South Tyler and South 74th streets by Mount Tahoma High School, Tacoma Fire Battalion Chief Jim Zuluaga said.

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and Tacoma Fire responded to the blaze about 7:30 p.m. and worked together to extinguish the flames.

No buildings were in danger, and no one was hurt.

It’s not clear how the fire started, Zuluaga said.

Tacoma Power crews had to let emergency workers through gates to access the flames, but the nearby power substation was not threatened, Zuluaga said.

July
16th

Man pleads not guilty after allegedly driving headlong into Pierce County patrol car, swinging at sheriff’s deputy after chase

A man accused of driving into a patrol car and then taking swings at a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty Monday.

The 46-year-old Tacoma man was charged with second- and third-degree assault and trying to elude police. He was held pending $500,000 bail.

According to court records, the man was driving a stolen vehicle and making random turns about 3:15 a.m. July 12 near 96th Street East and 48th Avenue East in Summit when deputies tried to pull him over.

Prosecutors said the man accelerated and took the chase to state Route 512 and then Interstate 5, drove

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July
16th

Thunderstorms possible this afternoon

Thunderstorms may be on tap this afternoon, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures may reach 85 degrees today, making it the hottest day of the week. Friday and Saturday will be almost as warm with a high of 84.

However, there is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Winds 6 to 11 miles per hour are also expected. Tonight’s high will be 58.

Meteorologist Cliff Mass said the thunderstorms will be “high-based, meaning that the rain will be falling for great distances through dry air.  Thus, only limited precipitation may reach the ground.  Lightning

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July
16th

Teen charged with assaulting 7-year-old Puyallup girl

UPDATED as of 1:05 p.m.: Prosecutors have charged the boy with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree rape, first-degree child rape and first-degree kidnapping.

He initially told police the girl got a bloody nose in the woods and he left her there, according to charging papers. He later confessed that he asked her to go into the woods with him to look at a bird’s nest.

The boy admitted to strangling the girl until she passed out but denied sexually assaulting her, court records show. He told police he dragged her further into the woods so nobody could hear her.

After seeing

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July
16th

Three injured in crash on SR 410

Three people were injured this morning in a three-vehicle crash between Bonney Lake and Buckley that shut state Route 410 down for more than an hour, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.

One of the drivers slowed down to turn left onto 262nd Avenue East and was struck from a vehicle behind, which pushed it into the path of an eastbound vehicle in the 26300 block of SR 410.

Firefighters had to extricate one of the drivers.

The accident happened about 8 a.m., shutting down both directions of SR 410. Lanes reopened shortly before 10 a.m.

None of the

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